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Globalization and Climate Change

  • Andrea Maneschi
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Abstract

The worldwide phenomena of climate change and globalization raise many questions for the social sciences. How do globalization and climate change affect each other? What challenges do their interactions present to social scientists? Who are the winners and losers from globalization and climate change? Do their impacts on the welfare of specific social groups intensify or offset each other? Within the limited scope of this chapter, I intend to provide some brief (and incomplete) answers to these important questions.

The Kaya Identity quantifies the role of global production and its linkages to technology in generating the carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions that are mainly responsible for climate change. From his work on the entropy law and its relation to economic growth, Nicholas Georgescu-Roegen concluded that there is an urgent need to restrain the level of economic activity and the resulting generation of pollution and other waste products. Georgescu-Roegen’s writings inspired subsequent advocates of this view such as Serge Latouche.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Vanderbilt UniversityNashvilleUSA

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